Birmingham Mayor issues takeover agreement amid lawsuit over precinct construction

Birmingham Mayor William Bell addressed police officers Wednesday at the city's West Precinct following years of delay to construction of a new site.ABC 33/40 has learned some people say parts of the building are in dire need of upgrades. A few years ago, the city approved a plan for new construction. Since then, it has been delayed. A contractor for the project, Chris Woods, has also filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming city leaders stalled progress.Bell did not speak directly to that litigation Wednesday. However, he said there are negotiation to finish the project. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper also spoke during the afternoon meeting.A City Spokesperson sent the following statement to ABC 33/40's Marissa Mitchell:"Mayor William Bell today issued a takeover agreement between the City of Birmingham and the bond insurer of the West End Precinct construction project. The agreement allows for the revocation of the bond in order to pay for and finish the construction of the project. The remaining legal aspects of the failure to complete and meet the project timelines will be settled by a judge."The issues with the precinct, as well as others, have been mentioned in recent talks regarding the need for a new public safety headquarters. Mitchell has covered the issue, as well as the options, extensively in recent weeks. City leaders haven't given Mitchell any date to either complete a project or approve a construction site.Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story.